Hull plugs

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Hull plugs

Postby seef158 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:18 pm

Hey all, looking for some quick help here. I am going to pick up a 1978 28' express this weekend. It will be getting moved from storage and placed in the water for me to load onto my trailer. I need to make sure I get all the plugs put in and I do not know where they are all located. Any advise will be appreciated, Thank you and cheers.
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Re: Hull plugs

Postby Maestro » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:13 pm

If your 28' has not been modified by a previous owner...it should have a single drain plug in the forward bilge just aft of the v-berth. This is the lowest part of the boat when it's floating.

Paranoid as I am, I'd take a close look at every part of the bilge that you can get to (including engine room/stern) just to be sure. Some people add drain plugs in the back.

While the boat is in the water you may want to take a peek at the propshaft and rudder packing boxes to see if they leak. Any more than a slow drip means they need to get tightened or possibly re-packed.
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Re: Hull plugs

Postby jralbert » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:46 pm

our 32 had a plug forward.. under the stbd side of the v-berth and another one a little aft of midship just a little stbd of the centerline in the engine compartment. I know that there is a wide difference between the two lengths. Any competent yard hand should be able to identify a drain plug, especially an unplugged one (otherwise known as a hole in the hull)!
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Re: Hull plugs

Postby bobv » Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:34 am

My 28 has two plugs one aft of the v birth and one in the engine compartment towards the front.
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Re: Hull plugs

Postby ukester » Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:57 am

what size and material is used like stainless steel?
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Re: Hull plugs

Postby bill » Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:14 pm

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Mine are s.s.- 3/4" pipe thread-7/8 hex head :)
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Re: Hull plugs

Postby seef158 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:38 pm

Thanks guys for the help, just one plug on mine, starboard of center just aft of the v birth. We got the boat loaded on my trailer and home no problem. Looks like the plug on mine may be brass, I have to clean up and check. Should be stainless to prevent corrosion issues correct?
1972 28' express single 318, working on getting the bugs worked out.
forest lake, mn
Duluth, mn
Washburn, wi

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Re: Hull plugs

Postby jralbert » Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:29 pm

Should be stainless to prevent corrosion issues correct?

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Re: Hull plugs

Postby Fastjeff » Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:26 am

Yes!

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Re: Hull plugs

Postby seef158 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:07 pm

Well I must have been overtired from my 22hours of driving, the plug is aluminum or stainless. thanks for the help
1972 28' express single 318, working on getting the bugs worked out.
forest lake, mn
Duluth, mn
Washburn, wi